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Released May 17, 2004


BILOXI -- A state-of-the-art public aquarium and dramatic use of green space will be the centerpiece of the new Point Cadet master plan to be unveiled in a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the auditorium of The University of Southern Mississippi's Scott Aquarium.

The team of consultants fielded by the Jackson architecture firm Dale and Associates will present the plan that includes a new $60 million, 78,400-square-foot aquarium. The report will also cover immediate and long-range recommendations for the existing J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, parking, public open space and site improvements, market and financial analysis and visitation projections.

Dr. Sharon H. Walker, Scott Aquarium administrator, said the Point Cadet master plan committee worked with the consultants for more than a year on the plan. Composed of representatives of the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and Scott Aquarium, the city of Biloxi, the Isle of Capri, the Secretary of State's office and consultants, the committee met last month and approved the plan for presentation to the public. The committee is hosting the public presentation.


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May 21, 2004 4:06 PM